Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we’ll be bringing you some of biggest and most interesting stories of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.
In Defense Of The ‘Punk Goes…’ Series
Punk Goes Christmas feels as fresh and innovative as the first Punk Goes Pop, and that burst of creative spark and panache is just what the doctor ordered for a series that was mired and flailing in paint-by-numbers Top 40 covers.
Dare I say it — Punk Goes… is back, and is nearly as strong as ever? Take this as an open invitation to kick me when Punk Goes Pop Eleven Billion hits shelves, but I think Fearless has learned from the middling-to-downright-bitter reception the past few compilations received. A shakeup in themes will do them some good (via Erik van Rheenen).
Kevin Lyman Shames Escape The Fate
Kevin Lyman is a man of true power. For 19 years he has built, maintained, and developed what has become the backbone for the majority of the punk/alternative scene. Men of such power are not always kind humans at heart, but Kevin Lyman is and always has been. When you see someone like Lyman snap, you know it’s for good reason.
It wasn’t surprising when Escape The Fate announced this past week that they had dropped off Warped Tour EU and their UK tour with Chiodos due to their recent drama-filled history. However, Craig Mabbitt told fans the tour had to be cancelled due to his girlfriend’s expected child delivery being delayed - and you know what? That’s not something one usually lies about, so fans believed him.
Kevin Lyman however knows the truth, and the truth is that Mabbitt lied about the tour cancellation, which has nothing to do with the delayed birth of his new child. Yes, the frontman of Escape The Fate used a lie regarding his unborn child as an excuse to drop off of a tour, which is bottom line disgusting.
Bands can get away with crossing many people behind the scenes as long as they still have a strong fan base. But there are some industry people you can’t screw over, and one of them is Kevin Lyman.
Escape The Fate are also apparently bankrupt. Get ready for the end.
ADTR Paid John Janick/FBR $450K Over 4 Years As Alleged Manager
The majority of A Day To Remember and Victory Records’ court case has focussed around the fulfillment of the band’s contractual recording agreement. This new piece of information however goes off on a tangent, but a very interesting one to say the least. Not to mention that Tony Brummel himself sent this to POZ.
So, what does this mean? A Day To Remember were paying John Janick and Fueled By Ramen Records as a manager for a four year period of time to the sum of $450,000. The total sum of money isn’t what’s important here. What matters is that the band kept Janick and FBR’s involvement secret from Victory Records and the courts until this past summer. The court has decided however that Janick was not a true manager to the band and was only acting as a consultant.
This will continue to play out however it does in court, but the question must be pondered - Why was Janick “managing” A Day To Remember while being the president of Fueled By Ramen Records? Why were A Day To Remember paying Fueled By Ramen Records? If the band got out of their contract with Victory before Janick had left to Interscope Records, would they have signed with Fueled By? Truly interesting and strange.
Transit Announce ‘Futures And Sutures’ Acoustic EP
2013 has been a difficult year for Transit. The band released an album that they love with all of their heart and are proud of, but most of their longtime fans do not feel the same way - and have unfortunately voiced that opinion loudly since Young New England's release in April. Regardless of the dislike however, fans of Transit have also voiced that they want nothing more for the band to succeed.
An acoustic EP is a good way to get that ball rolling once again, especially when you look back at the band’s past. The release of Something Left Behind in early-2011 was accepted with open arms from old and new fans, and to this day holds up as one of the better releases we’ve seen in the past few years from a band in our world. Futures And Sutures follows the same route with reworked acoustic songs from both Listen & Forgive and Young New England.
Transit will be supporting the EP while headlining the Acoustic Basement tour this January and February. Support one of your favorite bands this winter.
Stolen: How Bands Bounce Back From Losing Everything
When it comes to artists being robbed on tour, there’s a third factor in the equation. There are the musicians. That’s a given. There’s the thief in question; that’s a given, too. But, when you fall under the umbrella of touring acts and are under the scope of a scene noted for allegiance to favorite bands, there are also the fans. They play an oft-overlooked but essential role in the whole scheme of things: backing the recovery process (via Erik van Rheenen).